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UPCHURCH, CHARLES ERNEST

 

Born Wynyard Tasmania to Ernest and Emily Margaret Upchurch (nee Muir) he was a farm labourer when he enlisted 28th July 1915.  He embarked with his unit from Melbourne on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 16 October 1915.  He was killed in action 16th July 1917 and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

His brother Andrew Upchurch was also killed in action on the 6th April 1917.

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty.

On the 11th April 1917 near REINCOURT after the withdrawal from the HINDENBURG LINE these men [2645 T.W. FOLKARD, 5077 H.B. DICK; 2158 T. DOBE, 2450 J. HOARE, 235 N.G. HATTON, 1875A A.C. ONIONS, 3970 R.C. HOLDEN, 3182 C.E. UPCHURCH, 1747 T. SEE] under the command of Lieutenant JULIN of 52 Battalion volunteered in spite of continuous machine gun and artillery fire, to go out into NO MAN'S LAND and collect wounded. At first they got a hostile reception but ultimately by their persistency and determination, they were permitted to carry on unmolested till dark. In this manner they saved the lives of many who would otherwise have perished in the snow. Two of the number were killed but undetermined the remainder stuck to their task until darkness put a stop to their work. They showed magnificent coolness and gallantry and untiring energy in their difficult task.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

 

 

 

 

 

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